Activities at Washington Grange
Our group and individual activities are designed to mentally and physically stimulate those we care for. We try to organise a mix of activities and events that reflect the interests and capabilities of residents for anyone and everyone to participate in. Our evenings of afternoon entertainment is enjoyed by residents and their families, who are all encouraged to sing along and dance. We try to involve our local community; members of the clergy often visit to hold lovely afternoon church services for residents. It is essential that our team are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for those we support through person-centred activities, and that everyone has a fun and active time here at Washington Grange.
Life at Washington Grange Care Home
Our residents favourite game is to play Dominoes here at Washington Grange. Residents enjoy a varied life enrichment programme and a variety of games is high of their agenda.
Our residents at Washington Grange have loved taking part in Easter crafts on the build up to Easter in activities. This morning we have been busy making Easter Finger Puppets (Easter Egg, Lamb, Rabbit and Chick) and had so much fun!
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Washington Grange residents enjoyed a Mad Hatter's tea party. Staff dressed up as characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, while residents swapped stories of school dances, tea parties, and of reading the book for the first time. The home was transformed in to a wonderland and everyone had a great time!
Home celebrate Year of the Ox
Staff and residents at Washington Grange brought in the Year of the Ox with a day of celebrations and activities.
Inspired by Chinese culture and traditions, lucky red envelopes were exchanged and the home was decorated with hanging red lanterns and hand-made paper dragons. Residents learnt all about the traditions and superstitions of Chinese New Year. The hospitality team cooked up an oriental feast for lunch and residents enjoyed the delicious food washed down with pots of Chinese tea.
Love is in the air at Washington Grange
Washington Grange care home, was filled with flowers, cards and sweets in celebration of St Valentine’s Day.
Staff and residents celebrated the day of love by creating heart-shaped decorations to decorate the home, delicious heart shaped shortbread biscuit and gifting each other home-made sweets, cakes and treats.
General Manager, Paula Joicey said: “It’s been a very different Valentine’s Day but we’ve all had a lovely day nonetheless. Lots of our residents were able to see their loved ones either using our visiting suite or on a video call. We’ve had a whole range of treats and Valentine’s themed fun and we have enjoyed every moment of it!”
A touch of Magic
Washington Grange Care Home in Washington has recently brought a bit of magic to residents by providing a new ‘Magic Table 360 and the Happiness Programme’ as a way to improve residents’ quality of life.
Designed and manufactured in the UK, the Magic Table 360 uses interactive games to connect residents with staff and with each other, and research shows it improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Using interactive light projections, the Magic Table 360, which can be played independently or in a group, stimulates movement by inviting participants to take part in all sorts of different fun activities such as popping bubbles, playing the piano, colouring in pictures, sweeping leaves or interacting playfully with fish. Games are rich in colour, movement and detail, and allow people of all ages to play in a safe and comfortable environment.
The Magic Table 360 is portable so it can be used wherever residents feel most comfortable, it can be projected onto the floor, ceiling, walls, a whiteboard or even the bed. The Happiness Programme allows for a range of games that change seasonally and have country-specific versions covering 14 different categories, so there will always be something new for residents to try.